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Museo di Storia Naturale - La Specola

Open today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Very Interesting and Unusual History/Science/Art Experience -- La Specola and Galileo Museum

We spent a half day at the Museo di Storia Naturale and had a tour of La Specola. It was a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Josie O
Dated museum but unique collections

It’s dated and gallery after gallery of stuffed animals and birds is the kind of presentation most... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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“stuffed animals”(19 reviews)
This fascinating natural history collection can be traced back to the Medici family. Full of taxidermied animals of all types, skeletons and wax anatomical models, it is a must for the curious, as well as science and history lovers.
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Via Romana 17, 50125, Florence, Italy
+39 055 275 6444
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Old-ish museum with tons of animals and minerals on display. Price is fair to what they have to offer, though there isn't much information about animals outside of their names so you'll mostly just be looking at them. Taxidermy is mostly questionable at best with...More

Thank RangeR
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a half day at the Museo di Storia Naturale and had a tour of La Specola. It was a fascinating experience...really interesting. To see how these wax creations (that were really an artform in and of themselves) were made and how they have...More

Thank Josie O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s dated and gallery after gallery of stuffed animals and birds is the kind of presentation most museums have moved away from. But you came for the wax models right? Since 2017 you must reserve a tour to see them and tours are limited to...More

Thank szallyann
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The zoology displays are great fun in vintage style but the star is the wax creations used for medical training. Total wow, get there early to book limited spaces. Fascinating.

Thank Beatrice H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to this place because we had a discount from the Galileo museum. Very disappointed. Displays were old. Museum was hot. Signage was in Latin (expected), with very little English. Presentation was boring.

Thank Judyspelot
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The question is what can't you see here? The collections date back to the 1700's and there are butterflies, insects, extraordinarily lifelike mammals, birds, sea creatures, coral, amazing mineral section. It is not vast per se, but very entertaining and absorbing. We are not fans...More

Thank MeandHeTravel
Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

I would highly recommend this museum for adults interested in science and history. But it’s also a great place to bring children - for younger children the animals are interesting and older children the way the animals are classified teaches them about zoology. The age...More

Thank Jane S
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

The museum contains the largest collection of anatomical wax models, presenting in great detail the systems composing the human body. This part of the collection can only be visited by guided tour (lasting around 1h with a few tours available throughout the day). This is...More

1  Thank AndrewLa1
Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

We didnt get in to see the anatomy section of the museum. But the zoological section was fantastic. Some of the best taxidermy I've ever seen.

Thank John G
Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

When we visited La Specola museum yesterday we had a tour round the extraordinary Anatomy section. This was set up in the 17th century and is basically a guide for Doctors and Scientists of the time of the internal workings of the human body. All...More

1  Thank Terry C
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Pitti is a neighborhood characterized by art and
history. Renaissance architecture such as Pitti
Palace, which houses five museums alone, introduces
visitors to the green lungs of spectacular Boboli
Gardens. Any visitor can wander through statues,
fountains, and panoramic viewpoints. Around the
garden, treasures like the Museum of Natural History
of the Specola and Villa Bardini guide guests through
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